Pests & Vermin Control – Who is Responsible?

What the Tenancy Agreement states: In accordance with the tenant’s obligation to keep the premises in a reasonable state of cleanliness pursuant to section 38(1)(a) of the Act, the tenant must keep the premises in a clean and sanitary condition and free from dirt, oils, grease, insects and vermin.

As a general rule, any infestation of pests such as rats, mice, possums, cockroaches, termites, wasps or bees requiring attention by a pest control operator is the responsibility of the lessor/property manager. The lessor/property manager is not responsible for infestations caused by your activities or lack of cleanliness or general seasonal pests. You are required to take basic pest prevention measures, such as storing food properly and using sprays and baits to assist in the eradication of pests before a pest control person is needed. Pest infestations such as fleas caused by your pets is the responsibility of the tenant.


I know in our household, December and the start of the warmer weather seems to be when you start seeing all the spiders escape from hiding. There are many DIY home pest treatments which are available to help keep these insects at bay, and the first step before you ring your property manager/lessor to arrange a pest control operator.

When you first complete your property condition report, you should also check the premises for cleanliness and maintenance issues, including insect pests. When you vacate a property, it is a condition of your tenancy agreement to undertake flea treatment control if you have had a pet reside at the property.

If you are still unsure as to who is responsible, please speak to your property manager. We always have lots of hints & tips as to how best to combat those pesky insects & pests.